I still have more buttons laying around, and more storage space for jewelry. The day I run out of space will be a weird day. I had both of these things that I decided were just too shiny and pretty for me. How should I darken them up?
NAIL POLISH. I don’t just use it so much because I like the smell. I painted some on this metal heart, then rubbed it off with a napkin.
I love this because it looks like tarnished silver, instead of bright shiny new craft store metal.
I followed the same process with this one. I painted on some black nail polish, then rubbed it off. Rather than paint the whole thing black at once, I did each piece in thirds.
I love how the black really defines the detail on the rose, and makes the individual petals visible.
What else was I fooling around with? Nail polish and bottle caps!
I poured a little black nail polish in there, and swirled it around, gently. I used the brush to make sure it coated the sides completely. I love this stuff, because it gives you such a shiny, enameled look.
And here we see the final products: top left is a ceramic star I made and just finally glued a necklace thing onto, top right is a cute chick cut out of a magazine and glued into the black bottle cap (see this tutorial for bottle cap necklaces), bottom left is the swallow button glued onto the back of a black bottle cap, and bottom right is the filigree heart with skull and cross bones! I love having a mess of new jewelry to wear! It’s almost better than new clothes.
November 21, 2011. Tags: age metal, bottle caps, buttons, how to make necklaces, how to use up nail polish, nail polish, necklace, necklaces, skull, skull necklaces, skulls, turn buttons into necklaces. Arts and Crafts. Leave a comment.